Children’s Fantasy Ebooks (September 7-13, 2012)

Here are my picks of five middle-grade fantasy ebooks published this past week (September 7-13, 2012).

The-SearchTitle: The Search
Author: Susan Leigh Noble
Length: 216 KB
Publisher and Publication Date: Susan Leigh Noble (September 9, 2012)
What caught my eye: The green cat’s eye in the simply-designed cover. Concept of telepathic cats.
“For over a thousand years, telepathic cats known as STACs have faithfully searched for those with power over the elements looking for the one foretold to save the Land. None have questioned their duty to fulfill this ancient task.
But when Tosh’s latest charge is murdered because of his Elemental powers, Tosh considers abandoning The Search.

“Will a glimpse of the future destruction be enough to change his mind?”


Lizzy-Speare-Cursed-TombTitle: Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb (The Lizzy Speare Series)
Author: Ally Malinenko
Length: 438 KB
Publisher and Publication Date: Antenna Books (September 10, 2012)
What caught my eye: The concept: Shakespeare’s descendant in a fantasy setting.

“…a normal twelve year old girl with a talent for writing, who has a very not normal family secret. And when Lizzy’s father vanishes, that secret will change her life in ways unimagined. (Spoiler Alert! It turns out that Lizzy, or Elizabeth S. Speare, is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!)

“Then Lizzy and her best friend Sammy are kidnapped, awakening in the faraway land of Manhattan. Their host is Jonathan Muse, whose job is to protect Lizzy from becoming the latest victim in a family feud nearly five hundred years old. Could that be why the mysterious, eye patch-wearing Dmitri Marlowe is after her? (Spoiler Alert 2—he’s the last living descendant of Christopher Marlowe, a friend and rival of Shakespeare’s. But keep it to yourself!) Is Marlowe after Lizzy’s family fortune rumored to be kept in Shakespeare’s tomb? Does he seek artistic immortality? Or Revenge (with a capital R) for a death long, long ago?

“In a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Lizzy and Sammy are thrust into the realm of the mythical and fantastic—from satyrs and Cyclopses to Middle Eastern cab drivers and Brooklyn hipsters—in what is truly “an improbable fiction” as the Bard himself once wrote.”


Time-Meddler-NileTitle: Time Meddlers on the Nile
By: Deborah Jackson (Author), Matthew Birtch (Illustrator), and Jessica Jackson (Illustrator)
Length: 495 KB
Publisher and Publication Date: Deborah Jackson (September 11, 2012)
What caught my eye: Time travel to ancient Egypt.
“One of Canada’s top scientists has discovered the secret to time travel. But everything has gone wrong.

“Thirteen-year-old Matt Barnes and Sarah Sachs, while attempting to rescue Matt’s father from multiple universes, face an even more challenging obstacle: the erasure of their own timeline. What can they do before they, themselves, are erased?

“Somewhere along the Nile the two teens must prevent the ultimate meddling during the time of Nubian pharaohs and princes, palaces and temples to rival the ancient Egyptians and fearsome desert raiders. They must puzzle out the moment and event where Matt’s father or his arch nemesis, Nadine, interfered with history. If they don’t, it could mean the end of time as we know it, or a never-ending loop of time.

“Warning: You must have a strong stomach to read this book, as it is sprinkled with the occasional mummified remains.

“* Time Meddlers is Recommended in The Children’s Literature Review and Canadian Teacher Magazine


SIDE NOTE: Although I originally intended to list only middle-grade novels for Friday Fives, these two last ebooks today are short stories (one is a collection). And they’re by the same author.

Adventure-Clubhouse-4Title: Adventure Clubhouse #4: More Fantastical Short Stories for Kids!
Marcus Emerson
Length: 250 KB
Publisher and Publication Date: Not indicated (September 10, 2012)
What caught my eye: The zany cover which has a lot of kid-appeal.
“Adventure Clubhouse #4 is the fourth collection of fantastical stories for kids from Marcus Emerson. This collection will keep your eyes glued to the page with action, thrills, and a touch of hilarity. It includes Mummy Next Door, Night of the Mutant Glowworms, Our Zombie Brother, and Gym Class Werewolf.

“In “Mummy Next Door,” On their way home, Jimmy and his friends pass Old Lady Mary’s house, which is rumored to be empty. To find out for sure, Jimmy peaks in one of the windows and catches a glimpse of someone in the basement… wrapped in bandages. Jimmy swears it was a mummy, but his friends don’t believe him. Reluctantly, they sneak into Old Lady Mary’s basement to find the truth. It’s cold, pitch black, and frightening… and there’s something else in there with them. The creepiest house on the street just got creepier.

“In “Night of the Mutant Glowworms,” Liam and his friends are having an epic sleepover when an accident causes an energy drink to spill onto a container of glowworms. Now Liam and his friends will have to fight for their life against mutant glowworms the size of bears! Will they make it through the night alive?

“In “Our Zombie Brother,” Zach and Darla are twin siblings. A couple of friends are staying the night, and Darla has revealed that they keep their other brother, who happens to be a zombie, in the basement. Her friends don’t believe her, so Zach decides to prove the story is true. What’s the best way to do this? Take everyone into the basement to see for themselves, of course. Except there’s only one problem… their zombie brother has gotten loose.

“In “Gym Class Werewolf,” Owen has just met the new kid and has a growing suspicion that something’s just not right about him. Hiding from the daytime full moon, instantly growing a full beard, shying away from windows – could all this lead to one truth? Is the new kid a werewolf?

“Adventure Clubhouse #4 is approximately 24,400 words.”


Title: Adventure for Sale
Author: Marcus Emerson
Length: 150 KB
Publisher and Publication Date: Not indicated (September 13, 2012)
What caught my eye: The title and the cover.
“Scott and Olivia have two weeks of summer vacation left and are determined to make the most of it. While shopping one day, they run across a sign that says “Adventure For Sale”. Scott is curious and buys the “adventure”. Suddenly, the two friends are whisked away to a strange place where giant monsters and odd creatures immediately start chasing after them. Running for their lives, will the two friends be able to find a way back home?

“Adventure For Sale is a 5900 word humorous thriller by Marcus Emerson.”


That’s it for today’s Friday Five. Take note that these are not recommendations or reviews, because I haven’t read any of them. If and when I write a review, I will post it and update this list with the link. If you’ve read a listed book, let me know what you think of it in the comments.

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